• New Monument Could Remove the Kremlin from UNESCO List

    The Commission of UNESCO experts may consider removing the Kremlin from the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Der Tagesspiegel reported on January 19th that such a decision was prompted by the plans of Russian authorities to construct a 24-meter monument to Grand Duke Vladimirat on Borovitskaya Square near Kremlin. The Grand Duke was a historical figure who chose Orthodox Christianity as the state religion of Kievan Rus.

    According to UNESCO experts, the monument, rising high above the …

  • March In Memory Of Baburova and Markelov Held in Moscow

    More than 400 people took part in a procession to Prechistenka Street on the anniversary of the murders of human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and Novaya Gazeta journalist Anastasia Baburova. Baburova and Markelov were shot in Moscow on January 19th, seven years ago.

    The demonstrators marched along Novopushkinsky Square to the spot where the murders took place. People held portraits of Baburova and Markelov and placards bearing crossed-out swastikas and antifascist slogans.

    Baburova and …

  • Cost of Transit of Russian Gas through Ukraine up nearly 50 Percent in 2016

    Russia currently pays $4.50 per thousand cubic meters of gas to be transported over a distance of 100 km through the Ukrainian gas transit network, said the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Volodymyr Demchishin, at a recent press conference.

    According to Demchishin, the tariff for the transit of Russian gas has increased by approximately 50% in 2016, as reported by a Gordon correspondent.

    He explained that the increase in the tariff is associated with a new pricing structure …

  • Ukraine Tells UN That Situation in Donbas Is Deteriorating

    According to the website of the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations, the UN Security Council has been officially informed about the deterioration of the situation in the Donbas region.

    The press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry posed the information in such a way that the government plainly intended to "draw the attention of the international community to Russia’s neglect of the Minsk Agreement and to its full responsibility for the situation in some districts of …

  • Russia and Saudi Arabia Reach $10 Billion Arms Deal

    According to sources in the top management in defense enterprises, Russia is preparing to sell arms to Saudi Arabia; the demand is due to the current conflicts in the Middle East.

    Saudi Arabia has long relied on purchases of arms from NATO countries and the US.  Now it has expressed interest in Russian missile boats, patrol ships near the sea area, medium landing ships and patrol ships.  There are other serious developments as well, sources say.

    The Saudis are allegedly negotiating the …